Honest Labeling – Avoiding The Low Quality Oil For Pets
If you’re new to pet ownership, or just thinking about it, you may have heard of CBD oil for pets. This is an alternative treatment for dogs and cats that have shown promise in many cases, and could possibly be the answer to many of our pet health problems. Here’s what you need to know.
You’ve probably seen ads or been told of products that use the CBD as a way to reduce anxiety and act as a calming influence in cats and dogs. It’s true that some CBD is found in higher concentration levels in certain kinds of marijuana, and this may be why it works so well for those patients. But CBD itself is not the only thing that can work wonders for pets. Other natural ingredients have been formulated with other nutrients and herbs to help improve the overall health and wellness of your pet.
The CBD oil for pets that you can buy is basically a concentrated form of the plant material itself. Cannabidol, also known as CBD, is short for cannabidiol, which is an even more common chemical name for the CBD that has medical uses. Science has found more than 140 natural chemicals, including CBD, that act in concert with the human brain’s endocannabinoid system. By isolating these important but often overlooked ingredients, companies can provide pets with powerful doses of CBD, without any negative side effects.
To give you an idea of what the different ingredients in these pet oils are like, I’ll describe them one by one. In a clinical trial using the ingredient EGCG, which stands for the epigallocatechin gallete, or CBD in short, scientists were able to measure the efficacy of this oil at reducing fearful behavior in dogs. They used the brand name “LC Pack,” which stands for low dosage, as the reference. The type of laboratory testing they performed was a placebo-controlled study, so the results cannot be considered as a guide for use outside of the medical field.
CBD should not be confused with an herbal supplement or “herbal oil,” which might be made up from a handful of different components, most of which are completely natural. (CBD, the brand we’re talking about here, is extracted from hemp seed, grown in the USA.) In addition to EGCG, the three main ingredients in most CBD supplements on the market include: cannabidol, or CBD; cannabidol-2, or CBD along with other compounds; and terpenoid-like compounds, which act similar to the skin’s sebum, and are derived from plants. When purchased as a stand-alone CBD product, or a mix of CBD and other plant extracts, the most honest label will list all three of these ingredients. If you find this information on a bottle of oil for pets, or a product that you would purchase online, don’t believe the claim that the combination is some kind of miracle cure. It’s just more hype.
The best way for pet owners to make sure their pets get the recommended amount of these fatty acids is to purchase a high-quality CBD isolate, rather than the CBD oil blend. In addition to the fact that the two blends have different absorption rates, they also have different breakdown rates. High-quality oils leave behind long-lasting, therapeutic molecules that are absorbed and used by your dog or cat; lower-quality oils quickly lose their effectiveness.